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Don't Knock the Rock (1956)

 -  Music  -  14 December 1956 (USA)
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A disc jockey tries to prove to teenagers' parents that rock 'n' roll is harmless and won't turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Haley and the Comets ...
Themselves (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Alan Dale ...
Arnie Haines
Alan Freed ...
Himself
The Treniers ...
Themselves
...
Himself
Dave Appell ...
Himself
Applejacks ...
Themselves
Patricia Hardy ...
Francine MacLaine
Fay Baker ...
Arlene MacLaine
Jana Lund ...
Sunny Everett
Gail Ganley ...
Molly Haines, Sister
Pierre Watkin ...
Mayor George Bagley
George Cisar ...
Influential Citizen Tom Everett
Dick Elliott ...
Sheriff at End
Jovada Ballard ...
Herself - Jitterbug Contest Winner
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Storyline

Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the help of disc jockey/publicist Alan Freed and fellow artists (including Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard), they hope to convince everyone that rock and roll is not as dangerous as the adults think. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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The Rock Kings Are Back - At Their Greatest! See more »

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14 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Hi Fi  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

As with Rock Around the Clock (1956), all songs are performed lip-synched to previously released records. It's worth noting, however, that Bill Haley and the Comets' instrumental "Goofin' Around" seen performed here is a different take than the version the band released on record. See more »

Goofs

The dialog indicates that Arnie Haines' home town is somewhere in New England when he discusses going home for vacation, but the train that he gets off has the logo of the Sunset Limited on three cars. The Sunset Limited was a luxury train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that ran along the California Coast. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Haines: Well, we have a point to prove Mr. Everett. We'd like to show the rest of the country that Rock and Roll is a safe and sane dance for all young people.
Sunny Everett: It hasn't hurt me any, has it?
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Don't Knock the Rock
Written by Robert E. Kent and Fred Karger
Performed by Alan Dale
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ENJOYABLE MOVIE FEATURING EARLY ROCK 'N' ROLL STARS
23 July 1999 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah) – See all my reviews

This film is very much of it's time. Sam Katzman produced a number of films featuring record stars and this is one of the best. The star is Alan Dale, who was one of the leading pop singers of the day. Dale was in the forefront of the post-Sinatra generation of crooners, and his versatility ranged from opera to rock 'n' roll. This diversity made him a perfect choice for the role of a rock singer with a "serious" side. Dale's romantic interest is played by Patricia Hardy, who soon afterward married actor Richard Egan and retired.

The main reason for these films was, of course, the records acts --- most of whom were seldom if ever seen on network television (Bill Haley and the Comets being an exception). In fact, outside of major urban areas, someone like Little Richard was not even played on most RADIO stations (who chose instead to play Pat Boone's versions of "Long Tall Sally" and "Tutti Fruitti"!). But, thanks to films like this, people in Pocatello and Salt Lake City were able to experience these seminal rock 'n' roll performers. It's a fun film.


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